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The goal was seemingly to meet someone who instantly swept us off our feet, but it just didn’t seem to be happening. Maybe I was okay, but my dating strategy was shitty?
Here are four highlights: One topic Ansari and Klinenberg explored in their book was a common dating question: If you meet someone at a bar and get their contact info, what's the best way to follow up? The answer depends on the age of whoever is being contacted, Ansari and Klinenberg found. That's very old-fashioned and interesting," is how Ansari described it. Leave me alone." These same expectations apply to the fine art of how to break up with someone.
A woman in her 30s or older was more likely to view a call as a positive sign. By contrast, he said, women in their 20s were more likely to view calling as a negative. The older you are, the more being dumped via text (as opposed to in person or over the phone) seems like an affront.
But Ansari seems to be taking the topic seriously, teaming up with sociology professor Eric Klinenberg to really analyze contemporary courtship.
And in an op-ed for the New York Times, Ansari and Klinenberg reunite to offer solid, if slightly familiar, advice about “How To Make Online Dating Work.”The article tries to remove whatever stigma is still left around online dating, noting that sites like Ok Cupid, Match, and Tinder should be called “introducing services” since the dating itself still happens in the real world.